Google’s automated Photos printing service wasn’t long for this world — at least, not in its first incarnation. Droid-Life has learned that Google is shutting down the AI-guided trial service on June 30th. It didn’t say what prompted the closure in a notice to members, but it said it hoped to “evolve this feature” and make it “more widely available.” This isn’t the end, then, even if the service is likely to change.
The $8 per month trial had AI pick your 10 best pictures (prioritized by faces, landscapes or a mix) and print them on 4×6 cardstock, with edits if you prefer. They were meant to be gifts, or just fond memories if you wanted more than just digital copies. Google didn’t have the best timing, however. The service became public knowledge in February, just a month before much of the world entered pandemic lockdowns — it’s hard to justify spending money on a photo service when you can’t socialize or travel. If there is a follow-up service, it might have to wait.
Google sent the following out to those who were signed up for the trial.
Thank you for your invaluable feedback these last several months. You have provided us with a lot of helpful information about how we can evolve this feature, which we hope to make more widely available. Please keep your eyes open for future updates.
Although we will be ending the trial program, we hope that you have experienced some joy from the prints you received along the way.
We’ll let you know when/if it gets comes back. Hard to imagine anyone staying subscribed to something like this in the middle of a pandemic where millions are unemployed, but hey, who knows.